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Thread: My new Morse/Toyota/Visi-o-matic pics

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    My new Morse/Toyota/Visi-o-matic pics

    Hi All

    I have been bursting all day, trying to find the time to upload and edit the pics of my new baby! This machine has been listed and re-listed on Kijiji for the last month at least - I kept looking at it, it kept coming down in price....so yesterday I finally called and we went to look at it.

    Hubby lifted her up out of the cabinet and went huh!! ...she is stamped Toyota in 3 different places underneath even though her plate says "Arrow Automatic" and her manual calls her a Visi-o-matic. The cabinet has been abused but the machine has not, she is almost pristine and she came with all her accessories - cams, feet, bobbins, etc. All that was missing out of the kit are the screwdrivers, oil can and something called an embroidery spring. She needs a new belt and a new bulb for the dashboard light - yup, her dashboard lights up!!!
    I am anticipating that she will sew like a dream from what I have read about these machines.

    Here she is - no name yet, the lady we bought her from ($40.00) was Berta - but I don't think she is a Berta but I might call her "Birdie" because of the bird logo on the dial - hubby and I are avid birders so that would be appropriate LOL

    #1 The crochet mat to the far right was a bonus - a really cute hotpad with little crochet flowers that was used as a pin holder/needlebook
    #2 The instruction "manuel" is written in 'Engrish" quote: "make automatic sewing by each of the sew-discs"
    #3 That illustration pretty well dates the machine - everything was "o-matic" in the 50's and 60's
    #4 pattern chart for the sew discs - nothing too exciting, all a variation of zig zag
    #5 all the feet - is the one in the middle a "hopping foot"? -called a button sewing foot in the manuel :-)
    #6 - little door where the cams go, and the built in pin cushion!

    can't wait to get the new belt and get her going!

    Cheers!
    Joann
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    Great machine!

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    The image of a woman lounging on the couch and smoking really cracked me up. Looks like a '50's sketch. I guess the machine does all the work so you have time to put your feet up? I've never seen funky design cams like those before. Have Fun!

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    This is too cool!! Can I come over and play? LOL
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    Nice Joann! Birdie is a pretty bird!! LOL

    The middle foot that you asked about...is it spring loaded? If so, I'd call it a hopping or darning foot....if not, then it's designed to hold the button down by it's edges so it can be sewn on with a zigzag stitch and length set at "0".
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    Birdie suits well!!! I think you are going to have a good time playing with that machine in days to come.
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    Sure! anytime!...I wonder if there are any more cams available for this machine?

    Quote Originally Posted by Glenda m View Post
    This is too cool!! Can I come over and play? LOL

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    I know - me too! LOL - reminds me of an old magazine I have with a pic of a woman lying on the floor hugging her new Hoover vacuum (that hubby bought her for Christmas) - that one just about kills me!


    Quote Originally Posted by Monroe View Post
    The image of a woman lounging on the couch and smoking really cracked me up. Looks like a '50's sketch. I guess the machine does all the work so you have time to put your feet up? I've never seen funky design cams like those before. Have Fun!

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    well....I guess that is what the missing embroidery spring was for - it must have slipped over the foot to turn it into a darning foot - too bad, but I guess the spring got away somewhere. I have other darning feet that will work.

    ...I think she is a pretty good consolation prize after loosing the Capitol (which I have since realized was a Brother Super-streamliner) at the auction last Saturday :-)


    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    Nice Joann! Birdie is a pretty bird!! LOL

    The middle foot that you asked about...is it spring loaded? If so, I'd call it a hopping or darning foot....if not, then it's designed to hold the button down by it's edges so it can be sewn on with a zigzag stitch and length set at "0".

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    Very nice score. Best of all she came with a manual.
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